This was May 1968. A group of businessmen/golfers at the Hattiesburg (Miss.) Country Club arranged to stage a professional golf tournament at their pristine, pine tree-forested club located about an hour's drive from the Gulf of Mexico. The event offered a total purse of $20,000, of which $2,800 would go to the winner. The tournament was loosely affiliated with the PGA of America, which deemed it a “satellite” event played opposite the Colonial National Invitation. The idea: Give aspiring pros hoping to make a living at golf a place to play and hone their games. The new tournament was called the Magnolia State Classic. There was no title sponsor and seemingly little future.